Writing a Thesis
By Michael Barsanti
- Think of your thesis as a project. It might be easiest to think about this project as having two parts: the first where you say something about the work at hand (a reading), and a second where you explain what the consequences or uses of this reading are. This approach can be structured as a brief formula:
"I want to show you [something in the text] in order to say [something you should care about]."
The story of Kate Swift in Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio tells us that communication is important.
This thesis is so vague that you could plug in nearly any story and it would still work.
The story of Louise Bentley is a perfect example of "once bitten, twice shy."
The Reverend Hartman is a deeply frustrated man.
Sherwood Anderson uses descriptions of body parts, especially hands, to show that Reverend Hartman is a deeply frustrated man.